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Gary Lee Triplett


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Gary Lee Triplett Obituary
Gary Lee Triplett

An Extraordinary Man

Gary Lee Triplett, 68, passed January 21 of leiomyosarcoma cancer at his home in Torrance, California, with his wife and brother, Jim, at his side.
Gary was born on June 30, 1946, in Bellingham, Washington to Harley and Elizabeth (Bosman) Triplett. He attended Bellingham High School and Western Washington University. He was drafted into the Army where he served with distinction, mostly in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge he apprenticed in sail-making with North Sails, working with the America's Cup boats and eventually opened Triplett Sails in Bellingham. In the early 1990s, he moved to San Diego, California, where he worked in international communications and met his wife-to-be, Dr. Anita "Chris" Chavez. He then moved to Irvine, California, and altered his career path to dealing internationally in marble products for hospitality industry construction. He retired in 2002 after moving to Torrance, California.
Gary loved every aspect of life. Whether it was meeting new people (no one was a stranger to him), visiting new places, exploring down an unknown turn-off on a road-trip, rising early to catch a gorgeous sunrise, waiting, camera in hand, for just the right shot of a magnificent sunset, or watching for a glimpse of wildlife, he soaked up everything life had to offer, with unmatched joy and enthusiasm. He was liked and loved by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. Gary enjoyed individual sports, especially bicycling, sailing, and skiing. He traveled, toured, and cruised extensively with his wife to destinations world wide. Gardening brought him special pleasure. He also enjoyed cooking, especially pastas and barbeque grilled entrees.
Gary is survived by his wife, Dr. Anita "Chris" Chavez, his four siblings, Judy Walston, Darrell Triplett, Jim Triplett and Wayne Triplett and their many family members, a step-daughter, Janet Lynn Geist, a granddaughter, Eden Maria Sessions, and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Triplett) Sharp. He lost his only child in 2008, Ryan Alan Murray Triplett, who died in a climbing accident in Mazama, Washington.
A private open house to enjoy memories and share stories of Gary will take place in Torrance, in late February. A gathering of his family and many friends to celebrate his amazing life will take place in Bellingham, Washington, in July/August. Donations in his name may be made to a or the Salvation Army. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 1, 2015
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